Five years alongside FAI: Epta continues its commitment to the enhancement of Italian heritage

09/02/2021

Epta renews its commitment to FAI – Italian Environment Fund, to confirm the Company’s attention to the territory, community and artistic and landscape heritage.

This project is deeply rooted in sharing the importance of making cultural assets accessible, to promote the knowledge of the “beautiful” and raise awareness at a collective level to the respect and enhancement of the environment. These principles are also dear to Luigi Nocivelli, who has been co-operating with FAI at length. The Group became Corporate Golden Donor of FAI in 2015 to pay tribute to its Founder. A solid collaboration that has evolved over the years and has seen the Company and the Nocivelli Family protagonists of interesting initiatives. Among these stand out the restoration of the facades of the Abbey of San Fruttuoso in the bay between Camogli and Portofino (in Northwest Italy) and adherence, recently re-confirmed, to the new plan to support and enhance Villa dei Vescovi, early 16th century palace nestled among the Euganean Hills, in Veneto (in Northeast Italy) where in recent years an antique ice-house was discovered and brought to light. This collaboration stems from the desire to strengthen the connection with the area where the Group is historically present with its production sites of Limana in the province of Belluno and Solesino in the province of Padua.

“For family-owned companies it is important to do business in the places where the entrepreneurial challenge arose and where the values that anchor them to the community are stronger. At a time like this, it is even more important to take action to contribute in a concrete way to the protection of the Italian heritage. Driven by my father’s example, we commit ourselves alongside FAI, as a company and as a family, to promote the Italian cultural heritage and pass it on to the future generations,” declares Marco Nocivelli, Chairman and CEO of the Epta Group.

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THE EPTA GUIDE TO ECODESIGN AND ENERGY LABELLING

25/01/2021

On 1 March 2021, the Ecodesign (2019/2024) and Energy Labelling (2019/2018) Regulations will come into force for all products entered by the European Commission into Lot 12: commercial refrigeration equipment to display and sell fresh and frozen products in the sector of Large-scale retail, Ho.Re.Ca. and Food&Beverage.

Ecodesign and Energy Labelling are two twin regulations that work together to achieve the same goal, according to a push-pull logic. Ecodesign, in fact, sets the minimum efficiency requirements for the products that will be put on the market. It will act as a “filter” that will help to eliminate the less sustainable solutions. Energy Labelling provides the introduction of a sticker that shows annual consumption, the energy class of each chilled cabinet and further information useful to the Retailers and to the specifiers of the Ho.Re.Ca. sector to make an informed choice. Consequently, both regulations are indirectly intended to promote innovation and competitiveness among manufacturers to reduce the consumption and environmental impact of refrigerated equipment, increasing the performance of the solutions” declares Francesco Mastrapasqua, Institutional Affairs Manager of Epta.

Thanks to Energy Labelling and to the Database of the European Commission EPREL, the EU Product Database for Energy Labelling, Customers can compare apparently identical equipment with different levels of performance to make the best choice. In the initial scenario, it is envisaged that classes A and B are empty, due to the low levels of consumption set, to steer the market towards the steady increase in the average efficiency of the systems. Therefore, it is important to clarify that, unlike other categories where the energy labelling has been in force for several years, to purchase a chilled cabinet in class C in 2021 will mean having chosen a best-in-class product.

To offer its Customers an effective tool to implement the new regulations correctly, Epta has taken part in the workgroup that has drafted the “Guide to the Interpretation of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations” by Eurovent. This document provides a set of rules and instructions that fill the gap between the obligations and the requirements of the regulations and the numerous variations of chilled cabinets available. The report will be shared during the webinar on 26 January, which will include Epta’s Francesco Mastrapasqua among the speakers.

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EPTA AND FREDDO S.A., 30 YEARS OF SUCCESS

11/01/2021

The Epta Group is proud to celebrate thirty years of collaboration with FREDDO S.A., one of the largest distributors in the commercial refrigeration sector in Greece and Cyprus. The partnership goes back to 1990, when the CEO of FREDDO Mr. George Lionis, signed the agreement for the distribution of Costan brand in Greece.

Passion, far-sightedness, reliability: these are the pillars underlying the cooperation between FREDDO and the Epta Group. The two companies share the will to strive for excellence, offer cutting-edge technologies and the best support to its Customers, promoting turnkey projects and the diffusion of solutions that merge design, performance and sustainability.

A history of success and significant achievements. In 2010, Epta and FREDDO produced the first CO2 subcritical system in Greece and in 2016, together, they signed the first CO2 transcritical installation in Athens. Innovation is ongoing and, in 2019, they introduced the patented system FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency in five stores of the AB Vasilopoulos, Diamantis Masoutis and Sklavenitis Group chains.

 “In these first thirty years, we have achieved important results thanks to the close cooperation between our teams. Being able to rely on a team of 70 collaborators, Freddo is able to offer a complete range of products and services and follow the entire process, from the supply to the installation and technical support”, states Massimo Marcer, General Manager of Epta International, who continues: “We are delighted to celebrate thirty years together. We are sure that our partnership will be further strengthened under the guidance of Nikolas Lionis, son of the founder and current Operations Director of FREDDO”. He concludes: “Building on the technical expertise of FREDDO and on the cutting-edge technology of Costan solutions, we are ready to meet the challenges of a market which is increasingly competitive, promoting a green revolution”.

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A HYGIENISATION SERVICE THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

08/01/2021

In a scenario in which Operators are called to respect increasingly higher hygiene standards and in which greater attention is given to safety and sustainability issues, EptaService, the Epta brand dedicated to after-sales assistance and consulting, is ever closer to its Clients in the Ho.Re.Ca. sector and widens its offer with new programmes for the hygienisation and reconditioning of chilled cabinets by Iarp. This service extends to all equipment inside the premises, such as ovens, brioche holders and slush machines.

Hygienisation involves deep cleaning to eliminate 99% of bacteria, mould and yeast. The use of 160° steam dissolves the greasy component of dirt and exerts a microbiological action that removes microorganisms. For superior disinfection, a biocide registered as Medical-Surgical Aid is used.

Reconditioning, on the other hand, involves the mechanical and structural control of the equipment and, where necessary, the insertion of spare parts. It also includes a check-up to optimise the performance of the solutions and reduce consumption. The EptaService Team also refurbishes cabinets and reprints any customisations.

To best respond to the different needs of the Clients, EptaService proposes three packages. Silver is dedicated to beverages and to packaged products for which a first level of cleaning and hygienisation is sufficient. Gold is recommended for ice cream cabinets, ovens and slush machines and combines full cleaning and hygienisation with aesthetic and functional renewal, included also in the Platinum solution, which is recommended for the top-level cleaning of machinery in direct contact with foods, such as cabinets for creamed ice cream and fresh foods.

To guarantee a complete turnkey service, the cabinets return to the shop after they have been tested by the EptaService team, who issues descriptive sheets of all interventions carried out, and are immediately ready for use.

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EPTA’S MODEL OF EFFICIENCY: THE GROUP INSTALLS A PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM AT THE SOLESINO PRODUCTION SITE

24/11/2020

Improve efficiency, reduce consumption and protect resources, in compliance with the principles of the Circular Economy, is a priority objective for the Epta Group. The recent technological investments to install a cutting-edge photovoltaic system at the production site of Solesino (PD), historic headquarters of the Eurocryor brand, are tangible evidence of the company’s desire to achieve the highest standards of excellence, eliminating waste. This initiative is part of a larger project that the Group is conducting with the introduction of technologies and sharing of best practice among all factories.

Thanks to 208 kW power, the energy produced by the solar panels installed will provide 35% of total site requirement, reducing CO2 emissions by 140 t/year. Electricity is supplied by renewable sources following several important projects to reduce the carbon footprint in 2019, such as the replacement of halogen lamps with latest-generation LED and of traditional boilers with new condensation models. Finally, to confirm the commitment of the Company in promoting the protection of the territory and sustainable growth, the introduction of a fleet of electrical vehicles is expected for business mobility and charging stations in the car park for electric or hybrid cars.

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KYSOR WARREN EPTA US: NEW INVESTMENTS IN GEORGIA

02/11/2020

Kysor Warren Epta US announces an investment plan of more than 27 million dollars and the added opportunity to generate more than 200 jobs by 2023. An ambitious programme destined to strengthen operations at the Columbus site in Georgia, optimise customer service, expand the range of products and implement cutting-edge solutions.  A new training centre is also planned for installers, contractors and service technicians dedicated to natural and sustainable refrigeration.

“The Epta Group is present in over 80 countries worldwide” says Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of Epta, and continues, “We believe that the strong connection with local communities and the proactive collaboration with institutions are the solid foundations on which to build a successful business. This investment plan promises to be a valid tool for the development of technologically advanced systems that will have a low environmental impact within the United States”.

Following entry into the Epta Group, Kysor Warren has greatly enriched its portfolio, which now includes the range of propane and FTE Full Tanscritical Efficiency integrated group cabinets – a simple and reliable solution which guarantees 10% energy saving in any climate area. Furthermore, Kysor Warren has opened a new plant of over 32.500 m2 in the Corporate Ridge Business Park (Georgia) which will become the new North-American headquarters of the Group.

I am very satisfied with the plans for the future and proud of the recognition by the Group of local talents, fundamental resources to achieve our goals”, claims Damon Wyatt, Vice President and General Manager of Kysor Warren Epta US. “The area of Columbus is a strategic area for the presence of highly qualified personnel able to promote the spread of sustainable technologies in North America”.

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EPTA platinum sponsor of ATMOsphere America

16/10/2020

Epta, with its brand Kysor Warren, is Platinum Sponsor of the ninth edition of ATMOsphere America, the online conference dedicated to natural refrigeration, which will take place from 20 to 22 October. The event unites the voices of experts, policy makers and end users of the HVAC&R sector, to take stock of the latest innovations, update each other on the market trends and view the presentation of cutting-edge projects.

On the first day, Michael May of Livingstone Consulting will illustrate the advantages of using transcritical CO2 and the need to accelerate the adoption of sustainable technologies. For more insight on the topic, Daniele Mazzola, Invention Team Leader of FTE and Technical Marketing Manager of Epta will give a speech on the progressive use of CO2 transcritical systems in the United States and the evolution of the FTE Full Transcritical Efficiency developed by the Group, part of the Life-C4R project co-financed by the European Union. The FTE 2.0 solution, which combines simplicity, energy saving and reliability in any climate condition, is currently in the early stage of its implementation in the US market.

The third day, which provides a focus on Central and South America, also features the contribution of Germán Smitt, Director de Refrigeracion y Servicios of Epta Argentina. During his speech, he will illustrate the positive results of a CO2 transcritical installation realised by Epta and commissioned by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). In particular, this case study compares the data gathered at a supermarket located in a warm geographical area, during a year of operation of the new CO2 transcritical system, with the parameters of the previous year, when the store used Freon as a coolant.

 

 

 

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Epta participates in Chillventa eSpecial

07/10/2020

Epta Iberia with the Life-C4R project is golden sponsor of the fifth edition of #Tecnofrío20, the Congress dedicated to refrigeration technologies, promoted by the Community of Madrid, with ATECYR (Asociación Técnica Española de Climatización y Refrigeración) and the Energy Foundation. An important on-line forum scheduled from 30 September to 01 October that will see a pool of experts take turns in conferences and round tables in a “virtual auditorium”, which can be easily accessed from the dedicated portal.

 

Each debate will be focused on the refrigeration sector, both commercial and industrial: to share the best practices and the innovations of cutting-edge technologies, in order to promote a cultural and structural change of the entire sector, towards the use of increasingly efficient and sustainable solutions. Among the main themes on the programme, the following stand out: evolution and trends of refrigerants, energy efficiency of refrigeration systems and Industry 4.0 in refrigeration.

                                     

A virtual place for meeting and information, which will represent a showcase of excellence for Epta Iberia to present the important goals achieved with the Life-C4R-Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration: a three-year plan, which will end in 2021, conceived to raise awareness among all the players of the sector to use increasingly efficient solutions and show how it is possible to completely replace the HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical CO2, anywhere in the world.

 

As demonstration of this, updated data will be illustrated from one of the pilot projects of Life-C4R, realised by Epta Iberia for the Consum store of Bencasim. The selected store, located in the area of Valencia with a Mediterranean climate, is a clear demonstration of the excellent performance and reduced environmental impact of the FTE

2.0 Full Transcritical Efficiency and of the ETE Extreme Temperature Efficiency. These two innovative patented systems developed by Epta, heart of the Life-C4R project, have been identified by the European Union as deserving special attention, thanks to their efficiency combined with their simplicity.

 

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EPTA IBERIA GOLDEN SPONSOR, WITH THE LIFE-C4R, OF #TECNOFRÍO20

30/09/2020

Epta Iberia with the Life-C4R project is golden sponsor of the fifth edition of #Tecnofrío20, the Congress dedicated to refrigeration technologies, promoted by the Community of Madrid, with ATECYR (Asociación Técnica Española de Climatización y Refrigeración) and the Energy Foundation. An important on-line appointment scheduled from 30 September to 01 October that will see a public of experts take turns in conferences and round tables in a “virtual auditorium”, which can be easily accessed from the dedicated portal.

Each debate will be focused on the refrigeration sector, both commercial and industrial: to share the best practices and the novelties on cutting-edge technologies, in order to promote a cultural and structural change of the entire sector, towards the use of increasingly efficient and sustainable solutions. Among the main themes on the programme, the following stand out: evolution and trends of refrigerants, energy efficiency of refrigeration systems and Industry 4.0 in refrigeration.                                  

A virtual place for meeting and information, which will represent a showcase of excellence for Epta Iberia to present the important goals achieved with the Life-C4R-Carbon 4 Retail Refrigeration: a three-year plan, which will end in 2021, conceived to raise awareness among all the players of the sector to use increasingly efficient solutions and show how it is possible to completely replace the HCFC and HFC refrigerants with transcritical CO2, anywhere in the world.

As demonstration of this, updated data will be illustrated from one of the pilot projects of Life-C4R, realised by Epta Iberia for the Consum store of Bencasim. The selected store, located in the area of Valencia with a Mediterranean climate, is a clear demonstration of the excellent performance and reduced environmental impact of the FTE

2.0 Full Transcritical Efficiency and of the ETE Extreme Temperature Efficiency. These two innovative patented systems developed by Epta, heart of the Life-C4R project, have been identified by the European Union as deserving special attention, thanks to their efficiency combined with their simplicity.

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EPTA RECONFIRMED AS BEST MANAGED COMPANY

15/09/2020

For the second year running, Epta is ranked among the winners of the Best Managed Companies, the prestigious award promoted by Deloitte that enhances the excellence of Italian businesses. An innovative format that is an opportunity for companies to differentiate themselves by the results obtained as well as their resilience in dealing with the difficult situation caused by this unprecedented period of uncertainty.

The breadth of the Best Managed Companies award is that it does not just limit itself to recognising the goals achieved. It also activates a growth programme, guiding companies along a path of continuous improvement, testifying to the commitment and the ability of companies through the analysis of six critical success factors, namely strategy, skills and innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility, commitment and corporate culture, governance, performance measurement and internationalisation.

Epta has distinguished itself in several ways, including investments in the growth of talents and focus on innovation. The jury particularly appreciated the second edition of EPTAcademy, the training programme developed in association with SDA Bocconi School of Management dedicated to refining middle management skills. Worthy of note is also our innovative FTE technology at the heart of the Life-C4R project, co-funded by the European Union, created to raise awareness within the scientific community and component supply chain as well as all players within the Retail world to choose increasingly sustainable solutions, accelerating the spread of highly efficient CO2 refrigeration units.

Marco Nocivelli, President and CEO of the Epta Group said, “I am very proud to have received this award for the second year running. It confirms our work and bodes well for the future, as evidence of the solid foundations that we have laid and of the continuous improvement, which we are always striving to achieve. I would like to thank all those who, with their commitment, have enabled us to obtain this important award.”

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